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Devine’s Runner-Up Finish Highlights Fresno State Classic

Devine's Runner-Up Finish Highlights Fresno State Classic

FRESNO, Calif. – Rutgers women’s golf took home eighth place out of a crowded field of 21 at the Fresno State Classic on Tuesday afternoon.

Leigha Devine led the Scarlet Knights with a runner-up finish, wrapping up her tournament just two strokes behind the event winner. Cathi Graf finished in a tie for 49th, Rikke Nordvik and Lucrezia Rossettin both tied for 56th, while Lorena Rossettin finished tied for 62nd. 

“While this wasn’t the finish we were looking for, it was still a good experience for this group,” head coach Kari Williams said. “We need to continue working on starting and finishing our rounds without mistakes. This was another strong event for Leigha and she’ll look to build on this as we head into the closing stretch of the spring.”

The tournament wraps up a streak of three straight events in three weeks for RU, who will return to action to host the Rutgers Invitational on April 6 at the Rutgers Golf Course. 


Round 3 – Tuesday, March 36

Weather: Low-60 degrees, partly cloudy, 5-15 mph winds

Devine continued her strong play on Tuesday and shot a 1-over 73 to finish just two shots shy of first place. She birdied holes No. 7 and No. 15 while collected 13 pars to secure the runner up finish. 

“The last leg of our west coast swing was super fun; Fresno put on a great tournament and Copper River was quite the challenge,” Devine said. “The greens were in impeccable shape and I wish I could have taken more advantage of that. My game is looking promising heading into our last three events. The team and I are ready for our debut at home next week and can’t wait to see what we can do to finish out the season.”

Cathi Graf also finished strong, shooting a 2-over 74 for the second straight round to move up into a tie for 49th place. She rolled in birdies on holes No. 8 and 10 to pace her round. 

Rikke Nordvik and Lucrezia Rossettin each shot a 3-over 75 in the final round and both finished in a tie for 56th at 11-over for the tournament. 

Lorena Rossettin rounded out the team performers with a 7-over 79 in her final round to finish in a tie for 62nd. 

Rounds 1 & 2 – Monday, March 25

Weather: Low-60 degrees, partly cloudy, 5-15 mph winds

Devine’s strong and consistent play has her atop the leaderboard with one hole left in her second round for Tuesday morning. She started her day on hole No. 4 with a birdie and would birdie three of her first six holes. She rolled in five birdies on the round. She started her second round with a bang…


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